2002 "KeadyBall" Ratings
Presented by Old Gold Free Press
The staff at Old Gold Free Press proudly presents the first analytical measurement
of what Purdue head coach Gene Keady expects from his players. Termed "KeadyBall", the
rating measures the success of the team in reaching certain key goals the coach has set
for the players. The rating will be released following each game, giving fans a way to
track the progress of the team from game to game. For an explanation of just what goes
into the "KeadyBall" score, reference the key at the bottom
of the page.
Gene Keady has challenged his player to meet certain goals. These goals, if successfully
executed, will win you games 99-percent of the time under Keady's system. The six main goals
for the team are as follows...
1. Opponent shooting percentage less than 39 percent
2. Opponent held under 65 points
3. Outrebound the opponent
4. Shoot 52 percent from the field
5. Shoot 26 free throws
6. Commit 15 or fewer turnovers
Each of the six main goals listed above will each be scored a maximum of 16 points. The remaining
four points will come from successfully achieving the Keady points. The best Keady game
would score 100 in our rating system, even though a perfect execution could achieve a score
of 105 points in this rating system.
1. Opponent shooting percentage less than 39 percent...One rating point is subtracted for
every two percent over 39 percent.
2. Opponent held under 65 points...Loss of one rating point for every two points over 65
an opponent scores.
3. Outrebound the opponent...Loss of one rating point for every one rebound a opponent
outrebounds Purdue by.
4. Shoot 52 percent from the field...Loss of one rating point for every two percent under
5. Shoot 26 free throws...Loss of one rating point for every free throw under 26.
6. Commit 15 or fewer turnovers...Loss of one rating point for every turnover over 15.
On top of Keady's six key factors of success, we have identified eight intangibles that can
work as bonus points. In looking over the history of Gene Keady basketball, several traits
of the Keady system have risen from the successful execution of KeadyBall. They are as
* Support point (SUP)...Purdue has had a strong history of selling out Mackey when his teams
are playing KeadyBall, and his teams have been very successful on the road. If Mackey Arena
is sold out at home, the team is awarded one point. If the game is on the road, one point is
awarded for a road win.
* Leadership point (LEA)...Keady has often mentioned a goal of a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover
ratio for his point guards. If a Keady point guard has a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio for
the a game, the team is awarded one point.
* Floorburn point (FLO)...Hustle, hustle, hustle. Keady teams work hard. Simply, if someone
dives on the floor during the game after a ball, the team is awarded one point.
* Stopper point (STP)...A Keady team is defined by its defense, and a key to successfully
taking an opposing team out of its gameplan is to shut down the opposing team's best scorer.
If the opposing team's best scorer is held under his season average, the team is awarded
* Survivor point (SUR)...Keady players play tough, but they also play smart. A large number
of fouls are caused by a player trying to cover the defensive breakdown of another player.
If no Purdue player fouls out of a game, the team is awarded one point.
* Elimination point (ELI)...KeadyBall takes it hard to the opponent. If Purdue fouls out
an opposing player, the team is awarded one point.
* Gymrat point (GYM)...A team that shoots 80% from the line is in a good position to win
games, and especially able to close out games without fear of losing it at the line. If
the team shoots 80% or better from the free throw line in a game, the team is awarded one
* Hardship point (HAR)...Simply, Purdue wins most games it leads at the half. If Purdue
wins game after trailing at the half, the team is awarded one point.
* Pressure point (PRE)...Some games require a little extra focus to be successful. Big
game and hostile crowds are always an 'x' factor. If Purdue wins against arch-rival Indiana,
wins against a team ranked in the top 10, wins a Big Ten Championship clinching game, wins
a Big Ten tournament game or wins an NCAA tournament game, the team is awarded one point.
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